Romans 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Through Adam's sin, judgment came resulting to condemnation, not physical death. Through Jesus' righteous act, the free gift came resulting to justification, not physical life.
why not stick with the text rather than your paraphrase which changes the meaning.
Yes the soul is also created, but it is not material, not of the dust. So, it will not return to dust.
Both would have ceased to exist. If they are created elements they were condemned to death. As I stated before it is precisely why Christ in assuming our human nature took on both body and soul of man.
The death spoken of is not the loss of eternal existence, but is the state of existence. It is a state of existence, the opposite which is life.
which is the same thing. If one has no existance after death, then it is a loss of eternal existence. Man was created to be eternal. Death is not natural to man.
Salvation is exactly being given life, as having life and opposite to having death. To be resurrected, it does not mean that anyone who is resurrected, have eternal life, but that, one's spirit which departed from their bodies when they died, comes back to their bodies. And because their former bodies have since decayed and returned to dust, they will be given a new body. We can only say that, the new body of those who will be raised to the resurrection of life, is that fit for heaven, and the new body of those who will be raised to the resurrection of condemnation is that fit for hell.
you are conflating again between eternal existence and eternal life. They are not the same.
The resurrection is precisely that of giving life. That is precisely what I Cor 15:12-22 is stating. It has nothing to do with how scripture uses the term "eternal life". Eternal life is related to our spiritual relationship, not our actual created and recreated existence. Both those bodies and souls of heaven and hell will be rasied the same way. There can be no difference. Christ assumed our human nature, that includes all men. It does not differentiate between heaven and hell. That is what I Cor 15:52-54 is stating. All the dead means all the dead. There are no qualifiers in that context.
You asked "How does Christ save you by you inheriting eternal life?"
Can you please ask your question, perhaps, in another way, as I don't quite get what it is you are exactly asking.
You have been consistantly stating that salvation and eternal life are the same thing. You state also that a believer is saved but you never state from what he is being saved from.
So you agree that God had not assigned anyone to dust.
God permitted Satan to have dominion over man. Man, Adam condemned himself by his disobedience. Just as all men now have a choice to either condemn themselves or to be joined with Christ. God does not send anyone to hell arbitrarily or on any eternal degree as some teach.
Our being mortal is not to be blamed for our sin. We sin because we decided to not obey God, not really because we are mortal Sir.
Our mortality just makes us suseptable to sin easily. We have a very difficult time in regulating our passions, or our human nature. But sin is a choice which is why we are responsible for it. Your answer lies in I Cor 15:56.
Of course there is no text that says " ONLY believers have been condemned to death". But to the contrary, consider these texts:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Your texts are irrelevant to the question. But your first sentence is the correct answer. It says clearly that all men have been condemned to death and all men have been given life, I Cor 15:22. It is an equation.
As I have said, see the text in bold, where by it, Paul qualifies the "all" in each case.
I agree he does but you fail to undertand what he is actually saying. We all, mankind, have inherited death, our mortality through Adam. We all, mankind have inherited life through the resurrection of Christ. The in Christ is Christ Incarnation meaning He assumed our human nature, you know the same human nature that Adam had and all men have, that we were all created with.
With respect to Adam, our connection to him is that we are born of him, of his seed. With respect to Christ Jesus, not all men are of His seed, but only those who are born again, of Him, of His seed. Not that those who are born again, are born in the same way they were born of Adam, that is, of flesh, but that, of the Spirit.
I must assume that you do not actually believe in the Incarnation. You consistantly deny it with your explanations as you do here. Every single human being was recreated by Christ by the act of His Incarnation. Which is why I asked, when object in this world, that looks just like a human being but is not a human being that Christ did not assume in His Incarnation. If you have an answer for this question, then you can state that not all men were recreated by Christ's resurrection. If you can show limited atonement in scripture then you have a point.
Unbelievers can repent, if God will grant them repentance.
Can you cite a text that says God denies anyone repentance. Do you think that God is playing games? He states that He is calling all men to repentance. It also says He will not deny anyone admittance. So if God is doing all of this work to make sure every man has a free choice, why do you doubt scripture?
No human being will ever ceased to exist Sir. For death is not a cessation of existence, but a state of existence.
that depends. If Christ did not come, then it would have been a cessation of existence. But then that is precisely why man needed Christ in the first place, to correct what man could not do.
You said "This resurrection is not possible without Christ's resurrection, with our human natures."
Resurrection of anyone or all men is ever possible with God Sir. And that even if Christ did not incarnate, died, and resurrected. We have several occasions where people were raised from the dead, even before Jesus resurrected from the dead.
Wow, you are so far outside of scripture, even after our extensive discourse. In your understanding just what was the purpose of Christ coming? why was He Incarnated? Why was He resurrected?
You have eliminated every scriptural answer to those questions. You have created a wholly new understanding that I cannot find anywhere in scripture and have never heard (read) such a statement ever before.
What scriptures do you want me to show you? That He had chosen and elected a people for Himself? That He will put His laws in their mind and write them on their hearts? That He will be their God, and they shall be His people?
It is those that will believe, that love Him. He did not choose anyone to believe or to love Him. That is man's free choice.
What Eph.1:4 says is that the Christians were chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. God did not chose those in Christ to be the elect. There is no such thing. But that, the Christians were chosen by God in Christ.
Now you state it correctly.
You said "God calls all men to repentance." And that only shows that all have sinned. Also that, God loves mankind, even while they have sinned against Him. However, that does not mean that He can't chose a people for Himself and put His laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and that He will be their God, and they shall be His people.
He will only do that when they believe. When they become members of His Body, the elect.
You said "He desires that all men come to know HIM." But that does not mean either, that He can't chose a people for Himself and put His laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and that He will be their God, and they shall be His people.
see above. God calls, man chooses. When man chooses to become a member of the elect then God works with those that are united with Him.
You said "Adam sinned and death (mortality)was effected." I disagree. Death is not mortality Sir. And it is the fruit that affected the body, and not really the sinful act of disobedience.
can you cite any text in scripture that says the fruit effected death? Or any text that states that Christ came to correct the effect of the fruit?
You said "Eternal existance, immortality was lost." No Sir. Adam was not created immortal. For if he was created immortal, death could have no power over him. Only God is immortal.
Never stated such. Adam was not created either mortal or immortal. He had the freedom of choice to attain either one. We know He sinned and the condemnation of that sin was death, mortality. Since man lost life, existence as a human being there was no hope for man to attain immortality which was supposed to have been man's mission on this earth. Since man lost life, only Christ could restore it which He does by His Incarnation and resurrection of our natures. Christ now will grant all men immortality and incorruptiblity, I Cor 15:52-54.
You said "Eternal life is the spiritual relationship we have if we believe in this life, are faithful and will inherit eternal life at the resurrection." This statement, by itself, is unclear and erroneous I would say. You define eternal life as that you have it in this life and then inherit it some time future.
Yes, every believer possesses eternal life IF they are IN Christ. Nowever, that eternal life has obligations to meet. If they are not met, then you will not inherit eternal life. The New Covenant works the same way as a mortgage. You make a down payment. you actually own the house, but you will recieve the title if you continue to fulfill the obligation of that mortgage. Very simple construct.